• 10-14 to 10-17

    Welcome to week 9! As we prepare for our unit 3 test on Tuesday, we must recognize that we are coming to the mid-way point in this course. Many of you are one quarter of the way finished with your senior year. Wow!!!! Although we will have a short week due to PSAT testing and our Weather Make-up day, we will be beginning to take a look at the ways in which power is divided in our country between our states and our national government.

    There are over 90,000 governments set up in the United States (most of them local - county, city, municipal, special districts, etc..) At any given time, we are under the juridisction of four or five of these governing bodies. We are bound by the laws of our national government, the laws of the state of South Carolina, the policies of Aiken County, and (depending on where you live within Aiken County), city policies as well. And because we are all connected through our school district, we are also bound by district policies. How can we be bound to all of these governing bodies without their policies conflicting with one another? What types of powers exist at each of these levels of government? These are the questions at the center of unit 4: Federalism - it's the reason why speed limits change when you cross a states' border, and the reason why you may be learning different subjects in school if you lived in the state of New York versus here in South Carolina. It's also the reason that you can be pulled over for talking on the phone while driving in Georgia, but not in South Carolina. 

     This week we will discuss this concept, and how it allows our states to be labratories for democracy.

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  • 10-7 to 10-11

    As we discuss the structure of the document which serves as the blueprint for our government, we cannot overlook the amendments which conclude it. The Framers were brilliant men, but as we have already discussed, even they knew that the government they had built would never be perfect. This is why they created the amendment process. Over the course of the 230 years since its ratification, the Constitution has been amended 27 times. Ten of those changes (commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights) were made by the Framers themselves, as a compromise to convince Anti-federalists to ratifiy the Constitution.

    This week, we will discuss the result of this compromise- the group of civil liberties which are guaranteed to all Americans. 

    What is freedom of speech? What types of speech are protected? What kinds are unprotected? What is considered a legal search? What rights do I have if I am accused of a crime? Can the government take my land if they want to? What is considered a fair punishment for a crime? Do I have other rights besides those written in the Bill of Rights? ...These are all important questions that we will answer this week in U.S. Government!

     

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  • 9-30 to 10-4

    Now that we have constructed the Constitution, it's time to start examining the real text! What does this document say about how our government should work? We will begin this week by illustrating what we have learned about the preamble! Following this activity, we will begin to examine each article of the Constitution one by one. How does the legislative branch work? Executive? Judicial? Come to class to find out!

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  • 9-23 to 9-27

    This week were beginning unit 3 of 6 in U.S. Government. We will begin this week discussing the core principles of the Constitution. We will complete a reading and writing activity which will help us further explore why the Framers wanted to include them, and then work together to connect each of the core principles to one another. Then, we're going to complete a simulation which will help us to determine the difference between two of these core principles. Towards the end of the week, we will begin to set the stage for the full and complete study of the Constitution itself through a discussion and illustration of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution!

     

     

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  • 9-16 to 9-20

    Last week we discussed a topic that most of us tend to avoid - failure. We shared some of our own failures, and through our study of the Articles of Confederation, we discovered that even our Founding Fathers were not strangers to lack of success. They failed miserably (while the world watched) in their first attempt to create a national government.

    While it would have been realitvely easy for them to become discouraged, they knew that the very existence of the new nation relied on their ability to learn something from their experience, and try again. Their persistence in defeating circumstances is the reason that the United States of America is the country it is today.

    This week, we're going to talk about a success story! ...The Creation of the U.S. Constitution

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  • 9-9 to 9-13

    Have you ever tried something new, and failed? It can be devestating, but there is a silver lining to failure- lessons learned. Even our Founding Fathers failed...miserably. They had never built a government before, and when they tried to build one for the first time through the Articles of Confederation in a newly independent America, the United States nearly fell apart. What lessons did they learn from the government that failed? This question is the heart of what we will be exploring this week!

    Old English documents and the Enlightenment have inspired a NEW vision for government in the colonies. This week, the colonies unite to fight for independence from the British crown, attempt to set up a new government, and hold a meeting to ensure the newly independent states stick together for their mutual benefit.

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  • 9-3 to 9-6

    Happy Week 3! This week (Wednesday), we will be taking our test on Unit 1! Following that, we will be discussing some of the events, documents, and philosphers who helped influence the creation of our Constitutional system. We are covering a lot of American Foundational documents in Unit 2, so expect there to be quite a bit of information to digest in this unit! Have a great labor day weekend, and don't forget...TEST on WEDNESDAY!

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  • 8-26 to 8-30

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  • 8-19 to 8-23

    Welcome to U.S. Government! This week, we will be discussing what Government is and it's most important functions!

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